December 2018


In Response to Dianne White’s “The Hero’s Honor They Deserve” Our small world continues to intersect. I read your feature about WASP pilot Elaine Harmon (October, 2018). I flew Mrs. Harmon from Fort Worth to Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas in 2008 at the last WASP reunion. The WASP ladies held their final reunion in Dallas Read More

A Rough Ride

In early November, my husband and I had traveled to Pensacola, Fla., to celebrate our daughter’s completion of a phase of her pilot training at the Naval Air Station and catch the Blue Angels final performance of 2018. After a memorable few days, we turned our attention to the flight home to Kansas City. As Read More

Supporting the Supply Chain

Known as King Air landing gear overhaul experts, Aerospace Turbine Rotables challenges dependability and costs with its pool stock of repaired components and 46 years of MRO solutions.  Dave Seavey walks through the 72,000-square-foot Aerospace Turbine Rotables facility in Wichita, Kansas, like a kid on a playground, fascinated by one shiny object after another. Aircraft Read More

Upgrading to Garmin G500 TXi

It’s common knowledge that upgrading an older airplane’s panel is an expensive affair. So how do owners justify taking a legal, functioning legacy stack of avionics and replacing them with all-new technology? Some simply seek the “latest and greatest” for their aircraft. Some start with the steps necessary to become ADS-B compliant and then keep Read More

Flight Review: TBM 930

Daher is renowned for blending speed and functional beauty – their newest model, the TBM 930, is no exception. I consider my home in aviation to be the single-engine turbine market. I love the business-savvy, efficiency-driven, “get ‘er done” mindset common among the pilots in this special niche in aviation. They are movers and shakers Read More

Five on the Fly: David Crockett

WHO: David Crockett POSITION: Regional Aircraft Sales Manager, Cutter Aviation, TBM HOMEBASE: San Antonio, TX RATINGS: Commercial ASEL AMEL CFII ASEL HOURS: 7,300 (with 3,000+ hours in TBMs)   1. Can you summarize Cutter Aviation’s history serving the aviation community?  Cutter is the oldest, continuously operated family-owned aircraft sales and service company in the world, having Read More

Behind the Scenes: Pilot Training

What qualities are training providers looking for when they hire in an instructor? How is the volatility of the pilot market altering the training business? What tips do instructors have for pilots preparing for a training course? During a recent visit to TRU Simulation + Training in Tampa, we got specific in our exploration to Read More

A Medical Look at Hypoxia

Is it actually safe to operate pressurized aircraft at cabin altitudes above 10,000 feet? Over the years, there have been numerous NTSB reports of pilots flying pressurized twin and turbine aircraft in the mid to high 20 flight levels, failing to respond to radar controllers and ultimately crashing. One of particular note occurred several years Read More

Compassionate or Curmudgeon

Flying and the Christmas hustle-bustle-burn-out. Compassion — The feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering—showing sympathy and concern for others. Curmudgeon — A cranky, crusty, ill-tempered individual, full of stubborn ideas or opinions who is always angry, unhappy and seldom socializes with others. Christmas is Read More

A Challenging Day at the Office

Let's be honest. Most of us are pretty darn good at running a business. Or a law office. Or a medical practice. But we are all significantly challenged every time we get in an airplane. Especially when poor weather is involved along with a perceived “need to get there." Such was the case on October Read More